It is becoming too frequent now that young mothers, most likely in deep distress, are leaving their newly born on dumpsites or at hospital doors. We do not think it is necessarily a sign of maternal evil, even though one could call it that; but looking beyond what seems like the obvious, we should carefully think about what would drive a mother to dump or abandon her own infant. Teenage pregnancy is rampant today. Just last week a 16 year-old in the Daily Observer’s immediate neighborhood gave birth to her first child, a son. When we asked the young father what his intentions were, he talked of marriage, but said he had no job. We told him we observed that he had a business which his girlfriend was helping him with— up to the day she delivered—so he could develop his business to be able to support a wife and child.Perhaps it was the small business, the teenager’s involvement in it and the seeming commitment of the father that caused her to keep her baby. Otherwise poverty and an irresponsible mate could have driven this 16 year-old mom to desperation.Why? It is because there are too many poor people in this rich country of ours. And why do our people continue to live in poverty? One reason is because so many of the people in power or near power are so mean-spirited and selfish, with no compassion for their own people. They prefer to reach out to foreigners and give them EVERYTHING, including even allowing those who commit the ultimate abuse against our women—rape— to be released from prison and allowed to return to Lebanon even when these foreigners are convicted!Denying them justice is the horrendous (horrific, dreadful) extent to which some of our leaders go to demean, frustrate and harm their own people. In which country, we ask, will Liberians receive such unconscionably corrupt benevolence? There is none.As one drives to work daily, one sees our children, some as young as six, as well as our teenagers and healthy, able-bodied young men and women on the street wasting their precious energies selling chewing gum, candy and other totally insignificant imported items, when those of the appropriate ages should be on the farm producing food and other cash crops, or in school learning a trade, or productively employed in stores that instead prefer to hire foreign young people. Who says our own young people cannot be trained to do that same work these foreigners are doing in the stores? But if our officials and powerful people in and around government have a heart and mindset that favors foreigners against their own people, then our people will continue to live in abject poverty and we will continue to WASTE our human resources; driving our people to live desperate lives that compel them to leave their infants on people’s porches, at hospital entrances and at dumpsites.No one, of course, can accuse us of defending the criminal act of throwing away an innocent child. What we are trying to get our government, our leaders, the privileged and powerful in society—whether in government or on the fringes—to realize is that the Liberian people continue to live in abject poverty; and that they are, therefore, desperate.One of the comments from the crowd at the dumpsite where the infant was discovered last week said it happened probably because in this Ebola season in Liberia, it is difficult to get anyone into a hospital. We see what happened a week ago to a prominent Liberian academician and politician, who after suffering a stroke could hardly find a hospital to accept him. He died in his car! How much more a penniless mother, who was most probably a teenager. Our leaders inside and outside government, and Liberians in general need to develop not just the intellect and acumen to perform their work successfully, but LOVE and COMPASSION in their hearts for people, especially their own people.Remember compassion was the distinctive mark of the most powerful man who ever walked this earth—Jesus: He had COMPASSION for people. He went about healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, making the lame walk. And when He saw the 5000 who had been following him all day hungry, He had compassion on them and ordered His disciples to make them sit down. The willingness and determination in His heart to do something to help them prompted the Heavenly Father to respond positively. When all had been fed, there were 13 baskets of leftovers!When our people start loving and caring for their own people, the desperation will stop, and there will be plenty to go around and we all will be a well-to-do, safe, healthy, grateful and happy people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It’s alleged that over $500,000 worth of heavy equipment has been stolen in Tumbler Ridge.Tumbler Ridge RCMP said they received a report on July 15 saying that the equipment was missing from a local drilling company’s lay-down site on the South Grizzly Forest Service Road near Tumbler Ridge.The company had stored the vehicles there since September 2014.- Advertisement -The reported vehicles stolen include a dozer, excavator, two trailers, two water pumps and an unknown amount of tools. It’s estimated that the total value of the stolen equipment is estimated to be over half a million dollars.Photos of the missing equipment can be found above in the slideshow.If anyone has any information the Tumbler Ridge RCMP ask you to contact their Detachment at 250-242-5252 or call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477Advertisement
Given these fallacies, it’s hard to take anything that Dunk says as a slam-dunk case for more Darwinian indoctrination in schools.We’re not here to slam Dunk. We actually agree with some of his advice. Students need to understand the nature of science, including “the difference between evidence, facts, hypotheses, theories, and laws; and the understanding of science as a social and human endeavor” (his words). If more scientists did that, they would ditch Darwin, and recognize the fallibility of their own consensus views. Students also need to avoid becoming science deniers like evolutionists, who deny or ignore evidence against materialistic origin of life, abrupt appearance of complex body plans, stasis in the fossil record, living fossils, the origin of consciousness, human exceptionalism, and the scientific evidence for intelligent design. Dunk says that “supernatural causes are not the purview of scientific inquiry,” an impossibility. You can’t do science without the supernatural. It reduces to the Stuff Happens Law, or worse, complete meaninglessness. To do science, a researcher needs to believe in truth, logic, and integrity. Such things cannot evolve, nor are they reducible to particles in motion. So your choice is one supernatural worldview over another: Dunk’s, which plagiarizes Biblical morality and logic (and is self-refuting when it doesn’t plagiarize), or creationism, which includes a necessary and sufficient cause for the universe, life, and the human mind. Maybe Dunk needs to consider another possible reason that students don’t accept evolution — like, it isn’t true.Exercise: What fallacies did we miss? Check our Baloney Detector for other fallacies used in Dunk’s study.(Visited 1,025 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Evolutionists have had complete domination of public school science for decades. They can’t believe that a sizable percentage still don’t accept evolution.Ryan Dunk at Syracuse University is dumbfounded. He said on his blog last September,Despite over a half century of education reforms aimed at better science instruction, nearly 40 percent of Americans reject the overwhelming scientific evidence for evolution.In both articles, Dunk commits numerous logical fallacies and propaganda tactics as if taken right out of the NCSE talking points:Equivocating about the meaning of “evolution” by calling it change over time: “how organisms have changed over time, how and if humans have changed over time….”Associating acceptance of evolution with scientific literacy: “With a minority of American adults fully accepting evolution, the fundamental principle of biological science, this research provides guidance for educators to improve science literacy.” He also associates Darwin indoctrination (it’s indoctrination because no criticisms are allowed) with “better science education.”Non-sequitur of equating evolution acceptance with understanding the nature of science. “Understanding the nature of science is the greatest predictor of evolution acceptance in college students, a new study [by Dunk and friend] finds.”Bluffing by trying to make his biased survey look like scientific research: “Specifically, I am interested in exploring how various educational, psychological, personal, and sociodemographic factors impact an individual’s acceptance or rejection of evolution” and publishing a paper entitled “A multifactorial analysis of acceptance of evolution” in a very pro-Darwinian journal, Evolution: Education and Outreach.Bandwagon by using “a commonly used questionnaire called Measure of the Acceptance of the Theory of Evolution (MATE)” — used by whom? Evolutionists, of course, with rigged questions.Straw Man by suggesting that Darwin doubters are all ignorant of the nature of science. He says, “the most significant factor that influenced acceptance of evolution in our sample was an understanding of the nature of science.” But there are numerous conflicting philosophies of science; which one did he use?Ridicule by implying that Darwin skeptics are science deniers: “It is our hope that these studies, followed by a larger study comparing science and non-science students, will help us to develop curricular interventions that can meet students where they are and help lead them towards an understanding and acceptance rather than denial of scientific knowledge.”Fear-mongering by implying that acceptance of evolution (“the nature of science”) matters for the future of our planet: “Such wide-spread science denial can have dire consequences.” Also, the claim that denial could have “a chilling effect if college students fear their religious identities will not be respected by science faculty.”“Many religious leaders have made peace with evolution….”Appeasement by saying you can be a Darwinist and be religious, too: “Additionally, the authors don’t see religion as a roadblock to fostering evolution acceptance. ‘Many religious leaders have made peace with evolution,’ Wiles notes….”Card Stacking by telling sad stories of scientists who learned to love evolution after a creationist upbringing, but ignoring reverse stories of Darwinian scientists like Gunter Bechly who rejected evolution when exposed to the evidence and logic for ID. “For Dr. Wiles, it was even more serious. He was raised in a very anti-evolution environment in rural Arkansas, and it was not until graduate school that he learned about evolution. He struggled emotionally as family and social ties were tested as he eventually came to understand and accept evolution as the unifying explanatory framework of biology.“Either-Or Fallacy by failing to include Darwin skeptics and intelligent design advocates who are not Biblical creationists: “According to Gallup polling, the number of Americans who reject scientific explanations of human origins in favor of religious creationism hit an all-time low. Since 1982, the first year they asked this question, the number of people who accept evolution has never been higher.”Half-Truth by twisting data points gathered from interviews into predictors of evolution acceptance: “In this study, Dunk and colleagues used statistical models to pinpoint how an individual’s understanding of science, knowledge of evolution, personality traits, religiosity and demographic traits predict student acceptance of evolution.”Big Lie by caricaturing the empirical data as “overwhelming scientific evidence for evolution” and calling evolution “the unifying explanatory framework of biology.” Contrariwise, medical science and biomimetics have no use for Darwinism, and neither does much of molecular biology when it comes to describing molecular machines, which former NAS president Bruce Alberts called “the biology of the future” (1/09/02). The late NAS scientist Phillip Skell studied the use of evolution in scientific papers and found that most of the time evolution was added as “an interesting narrative gloss” after the scientific work was done (The Scientist). Consistent reporting on CEH finds evolution language inversely proportional to the amount of detail studied in biological research.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The service is aimed at making paper bills more manageable for customers, but it also offers a benefit to the businesses involved as well as an alternative to paper bills. According to the U.S. Postal Service’s Annual Report, businesses send about 48 million billing statements and account notices each year. That’s a ot of paper, that’s a lot of postage, and that’s a lot of garbage.Despite the costs (financial and environmental), many businesses have been slow to convert to paperless billing. Manilla hopes to incentivize the move to online billing by making a simple interface that’s attractive to both customers and businesses.Manilla isn’t the only startup in this space. Doxo launched last year with its own promise of being your “digital filing cabinet.” Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web audrey watters A new startup launches its beta today, promising to help organize and simplify your household bills online. There are any number of services that will help you manage your finances online, but Manilla, which is owned by the Hearst publishing company, says it will be more than just a bill-paying service.The startup will let people consolidate various accounts into one place – household bills (like cable and phone), air travel rewards, magazine subscriptions, and financial bills (like the mortgage payment). When you sign up, you can link all your personal accounts to Manilla and then have one place to go in order to manage them.Then, you’ll get reminders – via email or text message – that you have bills and renewals due. You’ll be able to pay online and the service will keep an archive of your bills for you. Manilla is free and while the service says it isn’t ad-supported per se, you will see offers and notifications (um, ads) from the companies and magazines to which you’re subscribed. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
A Class XI student was killed on Thursday near the site of an encounter between security forces and militants in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Unconfirmed reports suggest that two militants were killed in the encounter.A police official said Amir Wani, a resident of Pulwama’s Beegumbagh-Kakapora, was “hit by a stray bullet” as civilians clashed with the security forces to help the militants escape.Chief Medical Officer of Pulwama, Talat Jabeen, confirmed the death of Wani.The encounter broke out at 5 a.m. at Padgampora area in Awantipora.Police sources said the militants — Jehangeer Ahmad Ganai and Shafat Ahmad Sherguri, finding themselves trapped inside the house, opened fire at the security forces.Locals told The Hindu that relatives of Ganai were called in to persuade him to surrender. The local public address system was also used asking the militants to surrender.They said there were blasts near the house.Army spokesman Colonal Rajesh Kalia said, “The details of the operation are being ascertained.”